B.S. Degree 1969-1972 - Southwest Texas State University (Graduated with honors)
Legal- JD 1973-1975 - University of Texas at Austin
State Representative - Elected in November 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984
Attorney - Admitted to State Bar of Texas on January 9, 1976. Admitted to practice before United States District Court for Western District of Texas.
Calendars, Chairman – jurisdiction over the assignment of bills and resolutions to appropriate calendars, the determination of priorities; granting of rules for floor consideration of bills and resolutions.
(Calendars is widely considered to be the most powerful committee in the Texas House of Representatives.)
Texas Legislative Council, Chairman of Finance - responsible for overseeing the budgetary procedures.
1985: Named as on of the “Ten Best Legislators” by Texas Monthly Magazine.
1983: Named as on of the “Ten Best Legislators” by Texas Monthly Magazine.
1981: Named as on of the “Ten Best Legislators” by Texas Monthly Magazine.
1979: Named as on of the “Ten Best Legislators” by Texas Monthly Magazine.
1977: Outstanding Young Men in America. Selected as one of the Five
Outstanding Young Texans by the Texas Jaycees.
• Named one of the ten best lobbyists by the Dallas Morning News.
• Named #1 lobbyist by Capitol Inside.
• Named among five most effective lobbyists by Quorum Report.
• Tapped by Speaker Tom Craddick to engineer transition as the first
Republican Speaker since the 1880’s.
Newspaper and Magazine References:
“The ablest young legislator to come along in years. In just two terms, has established himself as the point man for those who subscribe to the theory that what’s good for business is good for Texas.”
Texas Monthly, July 1981.
“He manipulates the levers of power better than anyone…”
Texas Monthly, July 1983.
“He was the most prominent member of the House this session by virtue of his position as chairman of the absolutist Calendars Committee.”
Texas Monthly, July 1983.
“The most feared man in the Texas House of Representatives for the next three weeks will be its second most powerful member, Rep. Bill Messer, D-Belton.”
Bruce Hight, Austin American-Statesman, May 5, 1985.
“Knows more about more issues in the House than any other member, and he’s got real good political instincts.”
Unnamed fellow lawmaker, Austin American-Statesman, May 5, 1985.
“Enormously knowledgeable, both about legislation and about the world beyond.”
Texas Monthly, July 1985.
“People looked to him for guidance on issues, for strategic influence on bills,” said Rep. Bruce Gibson. “He just had the best instincts on when the House was ready to address and issue.”
Rep. Bruce Gibson, Austin American-Statesman, September 18, 1985.
“Messer, now serving his fourth term in the House, has distinguished himself as one of the brighter, heavy-duty legislators ever since he was a freshman.”
Felton West, Houston Post, September 19, 1985.
“I classify him (Messer) as the best member of the House.”
Speaker Gib Lewis, Dallas Times Herald, September 19, 1985.
“In the lobby too, Messer will start out making waves – if only because he is the best practioner of bill-passing and bill-killing in the House and, arguably, one of the best legislators in modern Texas history. He will, therefore, be keen competition for other free-lance lobbyist.”
Texas Weekly, September 23, 1985.
“Brilliant, analytical and savvy, Bill Messer mastered the internal machinery of the Legislature as a member of the House. He quit to become a lobbyist and was immediately tapped for the touted lobby team than won changes in banking laws last year. This may be his first session, but his clients are top-drawer: hospitals, truckers, the chemical industry, and AT&T.”
Dallas Morning News in naming Messer as the Rookie Lobbyist of the Year, March 27, 1987.
“Messer passed three of the most successful lobbyists in the past generation in his ascension to the number one ranking in our first category – the top 20 hired gun lobbyists going into 2004.”
Mike Hailey, Capitol Inside, January 23, 2004.